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President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and Secretary Sebelius discuss global health issues during UNGA

President Obama: During remarks to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), President Barack Obama stated that “to stop disease that spreads across borders, we must strengthen our system of public health.”  President Obama also stated that the U.S. would continue its efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, would focus on the health of mothers and children, and highlighted the recent agreement between the U.S. and the World Health Organization (WHO) to assist developing nations in meeting the International Health Regulations (IHR). 

Secretary Clinton: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided remarks at the High-Level Meeting on Nutrition highlighting U.S. efforts to improve nutrition through global partnerships such as the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement and the 1,000 Day Partnership.  Secretary Clinton also stated “the United States is firmly committed to our investments in global nutrition, and we believe fervently that improving nutrition for pregnant women and children under two is one of the smartest investments anyone can make.”  At an event prior to the High-Level Meeting titled “Women and Agriculture: A Conversation on Improving Global Food Security,” Secretary Clinton discussed the role of women in improving food security and announced “that the United States is allocating $5 million this year for a new gender program within Feed the Future [FtF].”

Secretary Sebelius: Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius provided remarks at a UNGA High-Level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), stating the Obama Administration “has made chronic disease a focus in our research and global health programs” and highlighted two soon to be announced efforts aimed at promoting smoke-free workplaces and in support of tobacco cessation efforts.

Additional Information:

White House

  • Read a White House fact sheet outlining, among other things, the U.S. commitment to “Global Health Security.” (September 20, 2011)

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UN Ambassador Barton comments on maternal & child health and family planning & reproductive health at UNFPA board meeting

During an Executive Board Meeting of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) U.S. Representative to the United Nations (UN) Ambassador Rick Barton provided remarks on the progress and challenges that remain in reducing maternal mortality and improving access to reproductive health. Ambassador Burton highlighted U.S. efforts, through the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and engagement with multilateral organizations, to improve maternal & child health (MCH) and access to family planning & reproductive health (FP/RH) services.

Administration releases “Global Health Initiative Supplemental Guidance on Women, Girls, and Gender Equality Principle”

The Administration released the “Global Health Initiative Supplemental Guidance on Women, Girls, and Gender Equality Principle,” which expands upon the goals and programming recommendations for women, girls, and gender equity under the GHI and includes specific requirements for GHI country strategies.

Administration officials testify before Congress on the FY 2012 budget request for global health and HIV/AIDS

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health Amie Batson testified before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs on the FY 2012 budget request for global health and HIV/AIDS.

H.R. 949 – Obstetric Fistula Prevention, Treatment, Hope, and Dignity Restoration Act of 2011

The proposed bill authorizes the President to provide assistance to “address the social and health issues that lead to obstetric fistula” and to “support treatment of obstetric fistula” by, among other things, increasing access to sexual and reproductive health services and improving health systems. The bill also calls for an annual report to Congress on the progress of U.S. efforts to reduce and address the impact of obstetric fistula.

Administration releases “The United States Global Health Initiative: Strategy Document”

The Administration released “The United States Global Health Initiative: Strategy Document,” which includes information on the operational plan, targets, and implementation of the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

USAID releases “Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress: Building Partnerships to Control Tuberculosis”

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released “Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress: Building Partnerships to Control Tuberculosis.” The report provides an overview of U.S. assistance for TB country including country-level activities, contributions to health systems, research, and global partnerships.

S. 3317 – Haiti Empowerment, Assistance, and Rebuilding Act of 2010

The proposed bill authorizes a cumulative appropriation of $3.5 billion over fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to provide assistance for Haiti and states that the U.S. would support investments in, among other things, “health care delivery and capacity building to strengthen the overall health care system.”

Amendments: The proposed bill was amended in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to provide a cumulative appropriation of $2.0 billion over fiscal years 2010 and 2011.

Timeline of the Bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on May 5, 2010.

- Reported favorably with amendments out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on May 25, 2010.

- Reported by Senator Kerry with a report (111-225) and placed on the Senate legislative calendar on July 19, 2010.

USAID joins “Helping Babies Breathe” partnership

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) along with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Laerdal Medical AS, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and Save the Children signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) “to reduce newborn mortality by expanding access to high-quality, affordable newborn resuscitation training materials and devices, improving the competence of birth attendants to resuscitate newborns, strengthening health systems and promoting global commitment and resources for life-saving newborn care.”